Jim's Polka

The life of a former software engineer, now a law student

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The project to re-install Windows on the laptop turned into a long-overdue call to Dell tech support. The upshot is that, after 3 hours, we determined that the problem (one of the problems) was that the motherboard needs to be replaced. I'm pretty ambivalent about this, since it means being without the computer for a while, potentially including the beginning of the quarter. The real concern is that I need to be doing research on the patent laws for my journal note right now and maybe giving up my primary machine isn't the smartest idea. But, it's either now or next July, and I decided I'd better take the risk. For one, the damn thing isn't getting any more stable as time goes on. Anyway, I sent it out this afternoon. Now, everybody pray for me that all goes well.

Despite the fact that I really need to be working, I've been slacking off the last couple days. Over the weekend, we wrapped up the Christmas shopping (except that I still need to buy things for D). Then D took me out for a nice steak dinner. Yesterday, I experienced the thrill of going to the post office right before Christmas.

Oh, and after 2 weeks of almost completely clear weather, it's reverted to the norm - rain, rain, rain. That's not all bad, since the temperature is a good bit higher when it's raining (i.e. at least 10 degrees warmer). On the other hand, it's nice being able to see the mountains. When the weather's clear, you can see snow-capped mountains from the front step of the house, which is pretty nice. When my brother Andy was in town a couple months ago, he missed that view by a day. It doesn't look like it's going to be any better when he gets here this week.

Friday, December 16, 2005

And, now I'm done. I turned in all the assignments at about 10 this morning. Despite expectations, I did leave the house over the last few days. Although, I have to say, on Tuesday I only left the house long enough to put the trashcans out for pickup. Yes, it was a fun, fun couple of days.

I'm celebrating in the style of my people - by re-installing Windows. The computer's been behaving badly for months, so the time had come. I'm not sure, but I have a feeling the blame for this goes to Examsoft. Things were basically working fine until I had to install it for my CrimLaw exam last year. The good news is, I think I might be able to make it through the rest of the year without using it again.

I also celebrated by reserving a bunch of books at the city library (fiction only, of course). I'll get them this weekend and then I'll be a happy camper.

A friend just sent me this link, to what can only be described as a combination of Salsa dancing and Street Fighter cosplay.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

OK, this is too funny. Last week, one of the gadget weblogs had a meetup in town. The location was really close to my house, so I figured I had to go. (I've definitely mentioned my geekiness before, so this isn't embarassing.) It was pretty decent, as these things go, and I got to see a whole bunch of new toys that I'll be getting just as soon as I get a paycheck again (assuming I can talk D into it). Today, they posted pictures from it and sure enough, I'm right in the middle of one of them, with my geekiness on display to the world. The best part is that I first heard about it from my old co-workers who spotted me in the picture. They're making fun of me, but I know they're jealous.

Believe it or not, I actually haven't been spending the last month just going to blog meetups. I've also done such fun things as studying and outlining. Yesterday was my first exam (Evidence) and my only in-building exam for the quarter. 30 multiple-choice questions, each with 10 possible answers. Very, very intense. Halfway through, I lost interest in working on it, but still had to keep going. As it turns out, there were a few things that I didn't learn until I re-read that part of the book during the exam. Not the best time to learn, but there you go.

Now all I have left is two take-home exams and a paper, all due Friday. Which basically means that I have no reason to leave the house between now and then. I think this is going to get ugly.